Is There a Fountain of Youth for Your Brain

We all know that some people age better than others. There are sixty-year-olds who are fit and trim and others who are lethargic and overweight. Some forty-five-year-olds have few wrinkles— and that's not just because of cosmetic surgery! Similarly, some people's brains remain relatively youthful.

To a large extent, how well you age depends on your genes. But a large number of factors are within your control. Just as you can reduce the number of wrinkles on your face by staying out of 52 the sun, you can reduce some age-related changes in the brain with good habits, such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical exercise, and challenging your brain by learning new things.

Some of the same health habits that help protect the brain from the effects of age can also help prevent memory problems. In the next chapter, you'll learn about several reversible causes of memory difficulties and what you can do to control them.

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